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Should I remove Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,680
United States Rank #2,754
Reach 0.2267%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.88 days
291.41 days >
Average installed length: 153.12 days


7601 99.17%
7600 0.83%

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Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols

What is Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols?

You must have symbol information when you debug applications with various Microsoft tools. Symbol files provide a footprint of the functions that are contained in executable files and dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Additionally, symbol files can present a roadmap of the function calls that lead to the point of failure. For example, you must have the symbols when you dump call stacks inside a debugger.


The most used version is 7601, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The setup package is about 1.34 MB (1,407,508 bytes) when donwloaded.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.microsoft.com/kb/311503
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{68ADAEAA-DABD-45C1-9CC2-F995407549CD}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.34 MB
Language: English (United States)

How do I remove Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols?

You can uninstall Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft Windows Debugging Symbols.

Win 7 (SP1) 72%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 84.03%
Windows 10 14.34%
Windows Vista 1.05%
Windows XP 0.56%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.93%
Windows 7 Professional 16.13%
Windows 10 Home 8.28%
Windows 10 Pro 4.16%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.17%
  Germany 8.98%
  United Kingdom 4.43%
  France 4.01%
  Italy 3.35%
  Canada 2.86%
  Brazil 2.46%
  Netherlands 2.25%
  Spain 1.70%
  Australia 1.59%
  Sweden 1.32%
  India 1.28%
  Russia 1.17%
  Poland 1.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.52%
Dell 21.95%
Acer 20.77%
ASUS 8.47%
Toshiba 5.25%
Samsung 3.22%
Lenovo 2.24%
Medion 1.75%
Intel 1.14%
Sony 1.06%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.39%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.49%
ASUS All Series 4.33%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.06%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.96%
TOSHIBA Satellite A665 2.01%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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